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17 Must-Have Travel Accessories For Your Next Cruise (Including some you’d never think of…)

Posted February 16th, 2016 in Uncategorized by Admin

When it comes to cruising, we are the first people that will tell you not to overpack. If you’re packing more than one large suitcase for yourself for a 7-day cruise, then you are probably bringing too much.

That said, there is nothing worse than being aboard the ship and realizing that you left something at home that you really need. And if you’re a first-time cruiser, then the chances are high that you’ll leave the port without having everything that can make your trip. That’s because there are all sorts of smaller things that experienced cruisers know to pack that most people never think of.

To help you out, we’ve rounded up some cool travel accessories that aren’t usually thought of, but can make your trip so much better. Take a look…

Beach Blanket

beach blanketIf you want to spend anytime on the beach, then you have to get this beach blanket. It’s micofiber cloth means that it packs up small and light — saving valuable space. What we like most is the size. It’s so much larger than simply laying down a couple of pool towels to keep you off the sand. $25 on Amazon

Room Fan


We love bringing along a fan to keep us company in the cabin. Not only does it help to have some air circulating in the room, but we also have to have white noise to drown out any sounds while we sleep. For just $20 on Amazon, this model has three speed settings and oscillates.

Outlet Adapter

adapterHave an iPhone? What about a tablet or a laptop? A small fan? A nightlight, curling iron or straightener? You can see that outlet space can be at a premium in a small cruise cabin. That’s why we recommend packing an adapter that will expand the number of plugs. We love how this one also has USB plugs to allow you to charge many devices without taking up a traditional plug. $12.50 on Amazon

Sunscreen (Lots of it!)


The biggest surprise we’ve come across in cruising is how much stronger the sun is during your cruise. Closer to the equator means that the sun’s rays are more direct and you’ll burn faster. So pack sunscreen — a lot of it. We also recommend bringing it with you instead of buying on the boat where you’ll see inflated prices. No-Ad SPF 30 is just $17 for 16 ounces.

A Carry-all Bag


Have a couple of towels, a change of clothes, your hat, sunscreen, bottle of water, and a book? Whew! You’re going to need somewhere to put all that stuff as you head to the beach or the pool. This oversized mesh bag is perfect. It’s lightweight and will dry fast even if it gets a little wet. $30 on Amazon

Hidden Alcohol Flasks


We don’t judge if you want to sneak a little drink aboard the ship. But if you get caught, don’t come crying! To help avoid detection, there are plenty of hidden flasks that look like bottles of other items. We think these are some of the most realistic we’ve seen. They only cost $10 and hold 4 ounces each (sold in a pack of three) so they pay for themselves quickly.

A Waterproof Case

waterproof case

If you are planning to go to the beach, you’ll want somewhere to keep your passport, credit cards, room key, and cash dry. This bag is a best-seller and is only $9. You can also use it for your phone if you want to bring it with you to the beach. $9 on Amazon

Comfy Sandals


Ok, most people know to pack a pair of flip-flops on their trip. We just couldn’t pass up sharing these Reef sandals with the quilted top. They look like they would be the most comfortable flip-flops ever and the textured bottoms are perfect for walking around on slippery poolside decks. Best of all, the reviews for them are outstanding.

A Wide Hat


Remember what we said about the tropical sun? There is no better way to avoid sunburn than to keep the sun off you to begin with. Big hats are always in fashion on a cruise because they protect your face, shoulders and neck from getting sunburned. This lightweight version won’t break the bank (just $13 on Amazon) and will help keep you cool.

Ziploc Bags

ziploc bag

Ziploc bags are one of the handiest things you can bring on your cruise. Whether you want to use them to keep lotion or shampoo from leaking into luggage… or you want to keep things dry by the pool, the bag have infinite uses. Pack 6-8 bags for your trip.

Alarm Clock

alarm clock

Most cabins don’t have clocks. And while most people want to leave the alarm clock at home, we suggest bringing one. Not only will it make sure you don’t miss any onboard activities, but it can also help you pack in the most into your days in port. If you’re the sort of person who likes getting up early to be the first off the ship, then this $20 alarm clock is worth its weight in gold.

Sticky Notes


Sticky notes? On a cruise? Don’t laugh. They are awesome for leaving little notes in the cabin for your family to let them know where you are. You can also use them to write notes to the cabin steward should something need attention while cleaning the room. No need to bring hundreds, but a dozen sticky notes come in handy every cruise.

Insulated Water Bottle

water bottle

When you’re by the pool or on an excursion in port, it’s nice to have a little something to drink. Unless you want to constantly buy bottles of water, however, then you’ll want to bring your own bottle to fill up. We like this one because the space between your water and the outside of the bottle keeps your drink colder for longer. $13 on Amazon

Towel Clips

towel clips

One of our pastimes on the ship is to watch people struggle with laying their towel on their beach chair. With the ship constantly in motion, there is always a breeze on deck. Bringing a few clips like these can help keep your towel secure to your lounge chair and save you some stress. $12 for a pack of 4.



The cabins on a ship can get dark — especially if you’ve booked an interior room that doesn’t have windows. So what happens if you get up to go to the bathroom while trying to navigate a small, unfamiliar cabin with furniture? Your shins pay the price. We like to pack along a glowing nightlight like the ones above to give us a little something to see by. $10 for two on Amazon



Land ho! Or is it? There’s so much to see when you’re out at sea. We love having a pair of binoculars to people watch from afar or simply look at other ships out on the open ocean. An affordable pair won’t set you back that much and you won’t be heartbroken if your kid drops them on the deck. $25 on Amazon

Laundry Hamper


Do you just throw your dirty clothes in with your clean ones? We don’t judge, but you might want to keep things separate. That’s why we like to pack a collapsible hamper with us (a plastic bag works in a pinch. It stows away easily, but can be put in your closet to keep all your dirty underpants away from the clean ones! $8 on Amazon

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